Ask the Readers: How Do You Repurpose Old Hardware?

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on September 7th, 2011


Just because a computer isn’t peppy enough to be your primary machine anymore doesn’t mean it’s worthless. This week we want to hear about your repurposing projects. How do you squeeze life out of an old machine?

Whether you load it up with Linux for relatives to surf the web on, hack it apart for your latest DIY project, or tuck it away in the basement as a file server, we want to hear about your hardware repurposing projects.

What do you do with old hardware? How have you kept an old desktop, laptop, or even portable device like an iPod or Smartphone out of the landfill? Sound off in the comments with your tips and tricks. Remember, if you used a specific LiveCD or software package, throw a link our way so your fellow readers can benefit from your know-how.

Check back in on Friday for the What You Said Roundup and some new ideas on what to do with your old hardware.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/7/11
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